Trump's Trade War Casualty List: 35 Companies and Organizations Complain
Mike Mish Shedlock
Bloomberg's "Tariff Tracker" report contains a list of companies impacted by Trump's trade war. I added four items to the list, numbers 32-35. Expect the list to grow.
- General Motors: Cut forecast for year on surging prices for steel and aluminum as tariffs stoke demand. Could be forced to cut U.S. jobs if tariffs are applied to imported vehicles and auto parts.
- Hexcel: Aerospace materials supplier expects a tariff impact of $2 million to $3 million on an annual basis related to imports from China.
- Harley-Davidson: Cuts profit margin forecast for year. Earlier had announced plans to move production overseas, amid EU tariff costs of $100 million annually
- Whirlpool: Cites rising cost of raw materials contributing $50 million to $100 million to previous forecast for input-cost increases this year
- Plains All American Pipeline: Company says tariffs will lead to an additional $40 million in the construction of a pipeline in the largest North American oil field.
- Illinois Tool Works: Tariffs seen representing about 10 percent to 15 percent of the higher cost of materials in 2018 for the maker of equipment for restaurants, medical labs and oil rigs
- Lennox International: Maker of air conditioners forecasts $5 million in costs in 2018 from tariffs and is raising prices to offset the expenses
- Lincoln Electric: Maker of welding equipment and supplies is raising prices on so-called consumables via surcharges instead of permanent hikes because it’s not clear how long tariffs will be in place
- Philips: CEO says company will raise prices on products such as hair clippers imported from China if the U.S. imposes tariffs
- Gentex: Maker of rearview mirrors for cars cut its annual gross margin forecast, citing increased raw material costs of as much as $8 million in the second half linked to imports from China.
- Saudi Aramco: Raised prices for butane and propane as Chinese companies are buying more LPG from the Saudi state-run producer and cutting imports from the U.S.
- Toyota: May have to stop importing some models in the U.S., North American chief says.
- General Electric: Sees as much as $400 million a year in impact from current and proposed tariffs, though about half could be offset by credits for exports to China. May adjust supply chain to mitigate effects.
- Stanley Black & Decker: Estimates $35 million impact in 2018 from tariffs already implemented; projects up to $80 million a year in costs from Trump’s proposal for $200 billion additional China tariffs including vacuums, hand tools, power tool accessories. Plans price increases to offset.
- PPG Industries: Maker of coatings for manufacturing, automotive industries says tariffs adding “modest cost” to raw materials, especially for tinplate used for paint cans.
- Sonoco: Maker of packaging materials, including pull tabs for canned food, projects as much as $9 million in tariff costs in second half of the year, plans price hike on some products.
- Nucor: Credits tariff for higher prices and demand, sees more than doubling investments to $1 billion in 2018.
- Alfa: Owner of processed-foods maker Sigma switched to Canadian, European and South American suppliers from the U.S. to avoid tariff.
- Alcoa: Cut profit forecast ranges by $500 million, citing tariffs on aluminum it imports from Canada along with higher energy costs and lower market prices
- Electrolux: Expects $10 million in added second-half costs from parts imported to U.S. and higher steel and aluminum prices.
- CSX: Rail operator sees positive effect on both steel and ore shipments as U.S. steelmakers add production
- Procter & Gamble: Cites ‘meaningful’ impact of tariffs on a handful of products in Canada, which accounts for 3% of global sales
- Kloeckner: Steel trader raises earnings forecast on higher U.S. prices.
- Suntory Holdings: The owner of Jim Beam bourbon whiskey, produced in Kentucky, says it must consider raising prices next year if EU tariffs on U.S. products continue.
- Ryerson: Metal processor’s sales guidance exceeds estimates in part because of higher anticipated demand from inventory dislocations tied to tariffs.
- Osram: Trade tensions will weaken sales of automotive lighting parts
- Volvo Cars: Owner Li Shufu says cars will cost more as trade wars escalate
- Brown-Forman: Raised Jack Daniel’s prices in light of EU tariffs
- Daimler: Cut profit forecast on U.S.-China trade fight
- Tyson Foods: ‘Day-to-day uncertainty’ in delivering products and services
- MillerCoors: Brewer says profit could fall by $40 million depending on how much aluminum prices rise
- Missouri-based Mid Continent Nail corporation, the nation's largest nail producer may go out of business.
- Catoctin Creek Distillery in Purcellville, Va. which just launched into European markets is hurt by EU's retaliatory tariffs.
- The Maine Lobster Dealers’ Association says Trump’s policy has the unintended effect of further helping Canada’s lobster market, which doesn’t face the same duties when selling to China.
- The Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association says retaliatory tariffs would “hinder our ability to compete in international markets.”
35 and Growing
Items 32-35 are from the New York Times article Lobsters, Small-Batch Whiskey and Trump’s Trade War.
I am sure there are dozens more companies and organizations we missed. The global economy was already slowing and this will not help.
This we call "winning".
And it comes at a time when US housing has stalled, at best. For a housing wrap-up, please see June New Home Sales Decline 5.3 Percent from Huge Revision Lower in May.
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Mike "Mish" Shedlock